tiercel

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From Middle French terçuel, from Late Latin tertiolus, the diminutive of Latin tertius ‎(third). Sources disagree whether the connection is that the males of most species of birds of prey favoured in falconry are smaller than the females by about a third, or whether it refers to the supposition that only one egg in three yields a male.

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tiercel ‎(plural tiercels)

  1. A male hawk or falcon, used in falconry.

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